WWII recruitment film aimed at African Americans. The film opens with an African American minister in church telling his flock why they should join the armed forces to fight the Nazis. We see historical re-enactments of African Americans as valued participants in US armed conflicts dating from the American Revolution. The balance of the film deals with the African American experience within the present war effort, the conditions of their living and training, with special attention paid to the respect and dignity they will have.
Run time 40:23Producer Frank CapraSponsor United States War DepartmentAudio/Visual sound, b/w
The quality of the original film is very good, however there are a few "issues" apparent in this copy, which was made from a video in the National Achives' collection:
- the original work was made up of 5 seperate film reels, there are some noticable breaks in continuity when the reels switch
- the framing of the film to video transfer was a bit off, so there is a border visible throughout
- there is occassional video dropout, probably due either to the age of the video tape at the National Archives
NAIL Control Number: NWDNM(m)-111-M-6022
ARC Identifier: 35956
De La Paz
August 4, 2011
The influence of this film
I could see how this film was able to influence many African Americans to enlist in the U.S. Army. This film showcased African Americans in a positive light...as athletes, lawyers, and other valued professionals. African Americans were portrayed as respectable and prominent individuals, instead of being portrayed as slaves as was accustomed during that time period, 1944.
July 1, 2008
the negro soldier
ok, first it is SO pick and choose in what is remembered. the civil war was COMPLETELY ignored, lol, and i suspect if you were one of the black actors in the film, it drove you CRAZY. i mean, it WAS made by the war dept.!
on the other hand, it is really great to get some pictures to go with all the historical black figures i learned about in school. also to see the clothing, the church, all of that is lovely to watch.
a bit washed out (to say the least) but worth watching for it's historical value and, actually, pretty interesting!
i give it a four cause the quality isn't great.